I am participating in Nature Notes over at Ramblingwoods.com.
This week's subject for Nature Notes presented itself rather rudely and unexpectedly. We had a couple of windy - but, not THAT windy - days. And, a huge limb on my dad's Bradford Pear tree just broke away.
It does not look that huge from this angle. But, it was very bushy at the top and it came all the way to the fence and engulfed it! The aforementioned bushiness is part of the reason that we think it broke. The leaves and limbs are so dense that the wind cannot pass through very well and so the limbs catch the wind, so to speak, and get blown down. The Bradford Pear has beautiful blossoms in the spring, but is known for dropping limbs.
Well, there was nothing to do, but clean it up. This is my dad! He is in his 70's, but really active, with a full-time job and giant yard!
We found evidence of woodpeckers on the fallen limb!! Look at the holes all in a row!